MAKING BREAD... NEVER FEAR, NO-KNEAD BREAD IS HERE!
Making No-Knead Bread
Don't be afraid ! You CAN do this! No-knead bread is easy to make. With only 4 ingredients and a few simple steps, you'll be baking in no-time. It's very popular and there are lots of recipes out there, but this is my favorite. Read recipe through before starting. The rising times are very important so don't rush this step.
3 cups all-purpose flour (1 pound)
3/4 teaspoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water ( 100-110 degrees)
You will need a large bowl, something to stir with (I use a dough whisk), plastic wrap, parchment paper, a kitchen towel and a dutch-oven.
When you are ready...
Put measured all-purpose flour into a large bowl. Add salt and yeast to bowl, putting on opposite sides. (by putting the yeast and salt on opposite sides of bowl, the dough will have a better rise) Make a well (indention) in the center of flour and pour in measured lukewarm water. Combine ingredients to make a shaggy dough. Cover with plastic wrap and drape with a kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm spot. (I put mine in a cabinet next to hot water tank) Let rise over night or all day while at work. After dough has risen for 8 plus hours, remove dough from bowl (I use bowl scraper) onto a sheet of flour dusted parchment paper. Fold dough over into itself a couple of times (it will be sticky so use flour on hands and dough) and cover with a kitchen towel to rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
While dough is rising, put dutch-oven w/lid into a cold oven on middle oven rack. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. (the dutch-oven should be heated with the lid on) After 1 hour of rising time, place dough and parchment paper into hot dutch-oven - REMEMBER IT WILL BE HOT. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. The parchment paper will stick out from under the lid - that's okay. After 30 minutes, remove lid - BE CAREFUL - LID WILL BE HOT and bake bread for additional 15 minutes. Using parchment paper, carefully lift bread from dutch-oven - IT WILL BE HOT. Bread should cool 15 minutes before slicing. Store sliced bread with sliced side down at room temperature. Bread can also be frozen.
I bought my dough whisks from King Arthur Flour.
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